Friday, 18 January, 2019

National champion Clemson preseason favorite already for next season

Clemson's Trayvon Mullen celebrates Clemson Rolls Tide To Win Natl Title
Kristopher Love | 10 January, 2019, 10:44

Clemson won 44-16, the largest margin of victory in a college football championship game since Alabama beat Notre Dame by 28 in the 2012 BCS title game.

Lawrence threw for 347 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions, and he will have a lot of help returning on offense too with running back Travis Etienne and wide receiver Justyn Ross. He finished with 86 yards on 14 carries.

Terrell picked Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa just a few moments into the first quarter of the championship for his fourth career interception and first career touchdown.

Clemson finishes 15-0, while Alabama ends its season 14-1. During the 1985-1986 season, Holieway took over as starting quarterback after Troy Aikman's leg was broken. The Crimson Tide beat the Tigers in last year's semifinals before beating Georgia in the title game.

"The way they prepare here at Clemson, the strength and condition program, Joey Batson and Larry Greenlee do a good job of getting those guys ready for the next level", Hopkins told NBC Sports Bay Area after Clemson's stunning 44-16 blowout win in the title game at Levi's Stadium.

Clemson hit Alabama with a 31-point first half, capitalizing on the Tide's mistakes and unleashing Lawrence's rocket arm. It was the same top four in final Amway Coaches Poll. "I think they're definitely ready for the next level". "Deshaun Watson started it by winning a national championship here".